Russia violates the INF Treaty

(AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)

For some time now, I’ve been saying it’s not a big deal that Russia is yanking our chain on the INF Treaty. I still don’t think it’s a big deal in military terms; Russia isn’t suddenly going to reemerge as a first-rank . . . Continue reading →

Five Paths to Nuclear War


The folks over at The National Interest asked me to consider the question of how we could get to a full-blown nuclear war today, when it seems unlikely, and to choose five paths to that grisly end.  I came up with: Mechanical . . . Continue reading →

Nuclear weapons and the Ukraine crisis

Photo: Voice of America

By now, it should be obvious that there isn’t much we in the West can do about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seizure of the Crimea from Ukraine. This is a tremendous crisis, easily the worst of the post-Cold War world. U.S. and . . . Continue reading →